This article goes over how to setup FreeNAS 11 and configure it. These are the basic steps so you can have a reliable network storage at your house.
Steps to setup FreeNAS 11
- Download FreeNAS stable from http://www.freenas.org/download-freenas-release/
- Create Thumb drive from iso and Win32DiskImager https://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/
- Note: DO NOT use Rufus or Yumi as these won’t create a bootable thumb drive
- Install and Follow the Prompts
- Set Static IP
- Login to Web Interface with IP from Step 4
- Set up Storage Pool
- Assign SMB Share
- Make sure allow guest access is checked
- Configure SMB Share Service
- Auto-Start and Enabled
- Configure Guest user to be root
Installation Video Walkthrough
This will get you set up for a reliable network-attached storage in your home environment. Remember once you are finished to clone and image the USB FreeNAS drive. These USB Drives typically only last a couple years, so a backup is a must! In the end, FreeNAS is far more reliable than other commercial NAS products because of ZFS and its versatility.
For further configuration, I highly recommend checking out the FreeNAS wiki for using some of its more advanced features.
- Samsung 32 GB Bar (Metal Series) https://amzn.to/2PPvyrf
- Pre-Built FreeNAS Device (Official Brand – No Drives) https://amzn.to/2R7uyid
- Hard Disk Drives – HGST
- Solid State Drives – Samsung Pro
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